A portrait doesn’t have to be of a person. In Rick Bennett’s recent series of paintings, it’s food. Formally staged, the food is presented as a jumping-off point for conservations about agriculture and farming. “A few years ago, I had a great discussion with the owners of Nightfall Farm about their work in the regenerative agriculture movement,” said Bennett, “and how art could be used to further a conversation about food. [For example,] what is the overall environmental impact? How does this food contribute to our individual and collective health and well-being?” Bennett’s commission from the sales of some of the paintings will be donated to the Oak Heritage Conservancy in Versailles, Indiana.
THROUGH MAY 18Swanson Contemporary